Universities’ move online ‘must be done the right way’

Harry Ashworth should be in the final term of his first year at Oxford University, studying music.

Instead he is stuck at his parents’ house in south London hunched over a laptop, listening to lectures via Zoom.

He doesn’t feel that the sudden and dramatic change in circumstances has affected his learning too much, but he is missing some aspects of university life.

“I am in a jazz orchestra and that isn’t really happening now. And I would have been playing at the summer balls, so there are social events that I’ve missed.”

Some of his more practical lessons have also been curtailed.

Academically he feels less motivated “which makes me less stressed but also flatter”.

“Psychologically when you are at home it is different. When I am in my tutor’s office I feel a bit more inspired.”

Students are getting used to working from home.
Students are getting used to working from home.

Along with students around

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Early research shows fabric could neutralize coronaviruses

Corrections & clarifications: This story has been updated to clarify the development of this type of fabric dates back to 2005, when it was patented by Jeffry Skiba and Lawrence Schneider.

Claim: Researchers found a ‘fabric that kills coronaviruses’

There’s reason to be skeptical of any internet post claiming something kills the coronavirus.

Facebook in particular can be a deluge of home remedies that range from unproven to downright dangerous.

So you’d be forgiven for raising your eyebrows if you came across an Indianapolis Monthly article shared widely on Facebook saying that researchers have found a “fabric that kills coronaviruses.”

But this claim has science behind it — preliminary though it may be. Researchers discovered that low-level electric fields can render the coronavirus unable to infect a host after just a minute of exposure to the field.

Here’s what we know about this product.

More: How to clean, reuse or

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Mecklenburg expects August surge in cases, asks residents to keep social distancing

Mecklenburg officials say there could be a surge in COVID-19 cases in the county in August and September as the state reopens – signaling the latest revision to projections that previously suggested local hospitals would experience their greatest demand on resources in mid-July.

County Public Health Director Gibbie Harris said in a news conference Friday that not enough Mecklenburg residents are continuing to wear masks and practice social distancing. She urged residents to comply with health guidelines to avoid any “significant acceleration or spikes in our curve.”

“The one point I do want to make is that I don’t believe we’re moving into a second wave,” Harris said. “We slowed – almost stopped – our first wave with our social distancing, with our stay-at-home order. We are in the process of resuming that wave.”

Using models to predict the trajectory of cases within two to three months is “challenging,” Harris

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Tencent-backed WeDoctor makes IPO appointment in Hong Kong and writes prescription for digital health care post-pandemic


When Dr Gao Jin’s clinic closed during the coronavirus pandemic she ramped up virtual consultations from home, talking over her laptop with people from across China who were worried they might have caught Covid-19.

After returning to work at her clinic in Chengdu, Sichuan province, she still puts aside a few hours a week for virtual chats. Some of her patients now prefer to seek advice online rather than waiting an average of three hours for an eight-minute consultation in China’s hospitals.

“In the public hospitals, the time for each patient is very limited, so the patient is not clear about follow-up or not sure about the medicine they’ve got,” said Dr Gao, who charges patients for sessions that normally last about 20 minutes.

Zooming with the family GP became commonplace during the coronavirus pandemic. Consumers signed up in droves to apps linking them with doctors, while investors drove their

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The best online resources for English, history and geography lessons

From this week, primary schools in England can reopen for pupils in reception, year 1 and year 6, but some local authorities – including Durham and Lancashire – are against students returning from 1 June.

If you’re child is continuing to study from home, we’ve found all the best resources to help.

In April, the BBC launched an extended version of its Bitesize educational website. Students can now access BBC Bitesize Daily, where resources and lessons are helpfully divided up by age groups, and it’s also available on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button too, where there will be lessons broadcasted from 9am.

The website has had the help of British celebrities to engage children too, from Sir David Attenborough giving lessons on all things geography related, to Spanish lessons from the footballer Sergio Aguero. But it’s not all for children, as there’s also advice for parents and carers on

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